Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Happy New Year...

The first week of 2014 has slipped by and I'm guessing the rest of the month will fly. My plan to keep January free almost worked, though the diary is beginning to fill up and I can see this will be another busy year. I have no idea what people mean when they say they don't know what they will do when they retire! And as for those strange characters who get bored, well, I really don't understand that at all. The world is so full of things to do, places to go, people to see - BOOKS to read, STUFF to make, GARDENS to weed, PEOPLE to love...
A Bromeliad to bring joy to the day.

Many bloggers start off the new year with a word to guide them for that year and I'm impressed with their reasons for choosing. So many wonderful and meaningful words out there, but I think for me 'compassion' is probably the most important word, not just at the beginning of the year, but to live by, day in and out, always. (Oh dear, maybe I didn't sound too compassionate about the people who get bored! Fallen at the first hurdle!) However, I do try, and I despair at the apparent lack of compassion shown by my political leaders. And I should leave it at that, before I get out the soapbox.
A Frangipani to sooth my ruffled feathers.

Better late than never, I want to show you a couple of photos of the fabulous vegan Christmas dinner I had with Suzy, Tracy and Basil Beagle in Bundeena. Suzy invented a vegan Festive Roast to be sold in her shop 'Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher' - and was rushed off her feet with orders. We cooked one a couple of days before Christmas with my family at home and we all really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to another a few days later. Baked in the oven with lashings of roasted vegetables - beetroot, potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin - and covered in gravy - this was a brilliant roast dinner and I must say I'm very, very proud of Suzy's creations.
Beetroot glistening amongst the vegetables and the roast as it came out of the oven.
Slices of Suzy's Festive Roast, vegetables and gravy.

This week at home has been pretty hot, though not as scorching as some parts of Australia. The garden has been in need of watering and as we have a lot of garden I've been kept busy shifting hoses. The preschool next door very generously (I think?) gave us two huge bunnies in a fancy bunny condominium, apparently for us to keep forever and ever. The children are thrilled, though Peggy, the Jack Russell, couldn't believe her eyes, and either quivers with excitement or hides and watches from afar. No decent photos so far because their pen has tacky mesh everywhere, but I'm going to inflict a couple of dodgy photos on you.
Big bunny, very pretty, very cuddly.
Big bunny, also pretty but very stroppy.

While I'm on the subject of guests, we had a visitation the other day. Two Emperor Gum Moths, huge, stunning, totally different colours. Just gorgeous.
Yes, those are cobwebs! No danger to such big moths but a trap for small players.

The garden is full of flowers but the heat has faded many of them, especially the Hydrangeas.
The Abutilons (Chinese Lanterns) are flowering though the chooks enjoy digging around them, moving the mulch and baring roots!
Remember my blue cicadas? Strangely we have never seen a blue cicada in daylight, which makes me think they change colour as they dry out. This is what I think they become. 'Think' is the operative word until I have a proper discussion with my favourite entomologists.
And Peggy gets the last word. This is her ball and she proudly struggles to carry it around in her mouth. Have a wonderful 2014 and like Peggy, don't be afraid to take on something BIG this year.